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January 26, 2016
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Small pouches called diverticula can form anywhere there are weak spots in the lining of your digestive system, but they are most commonly found in the colon.

If you have diverticula but no symptoms, the condition is called diverticulosis, which is quite common among older adults and rarely causes problems; however, if the pouches bleed or become inflamed, it’s called diverticulitis. Symptoms include rectal bleeding, fever, and abdominal pain. Obesity is a major risk factor for diverticulitis.

Mild diverticulitis is treated with antibiotics and a liquid diet so your colon can heal. A low fiber diet could be the cause of diverticulitis, so your doctor may direct you to eat a diet high in fiber — whole grains, legumes, vegetables — as part of your treatment.

If you have severe attacks that recur frequently, you may need surgery to remove the diseased part of your colon.

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100 S. Ellsworth Ave
Suite 507
San Mateo CA, 94401